It’s been a great week in Woolandia. This edition brings free patterns, tutorials and lots of thought provoking writing on knitting and making. Enjoy!
Make Your Own Ankle Boots
I adore Katie Startzman and her Knitted Slipper Book, even though I am deeply envious of her because she attended Berea College. Now you can follow along with Katie’s two-part tutorial and learn how to make felted wool ankle boots. Katie’s pattern shows you how to apply a rubber shoe sole so you can wear your gorgeous creations outside. I knit her Thrummed Booties last year and can vouch for pattern quality and clarity, so have at it!
Free Vintage Knitting Patterns from the V&A
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has made 1940s British knitting patterns available for free online, in PDF and Word formats. I think I’ll be adding the Women’s Mittens and Ankle Socks patterns to my queue. I wore my first hand knit pair of socks the other day (now that I can stand to look at them again after the trouble they caused me) and was reminded that I ought to make more.
2014 Dixon Lambtown Festival
Calling all Nor Cal wool lovers! The 2014 Dixon Lambtown Festival will take place the weekend of October 4-5. I’m organizing the sheep shearing contest and could use some extra hands to help me tag (crutch) and corral sheep, run stopwatches and so on. Please get in touch with me via the Lambtown shearing contest page, in the comments section, or via the Facebook and Twitter links below. Thanks!
Imagine a Maker World
I stumbled upon a beautiful blog post by pattern designer Cheryl Oberle this week, in which she asks us to imagine a maker world. It brought to mind the many clothes my mother sewed for me: my Communion dress of her painstaking English smocking, my Christmas dress of green velvet with a smocked collar and pink ribbon sash, my hand beaded Polish dance vest that included an elaborate butterfly. I also recalled Native American clothing I’ve seen and how struck I always am by the work that went into making hides so buttery soft, elaborate beading, and trims with hand cut and rolled fringe. We don’t look at historic, handmade clothing in museums and view it as a waste of time, but rather are mesmerized by how unique it is and that people with so much work to do even bothered. What was it like to wear clothing that special? What must it feel like to don that kind of adornment knowing it came from the hands of those you know? Why don’t we bother?
Does learning to knit help learning to code?
This knitter and tech worker says yes! I’ve long marveled at the high number of knitters who work in tech (or perhaps it’s tech women who knit?). The engrossing Mind Shift blog has a post about why. Though published in October 2013, it’s new to me!
From the Land Comes the Cloth
Ian Lawson’s book, From the Land Comes the Cloth, is breathtaking. It contains 280 images of crofters, tweeds and landscapes of the Outer Hebrides. You can preview it here. It is pricey but it’s there in case your Christmas list is empty.
Knitty First Fall is up!
And, predictably, we’ve all expressed our love for Knitty and the wool season in sufficient quantity to bring down their servers yesterday. Nonetheless, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: fall and winter in much of the world, or High Knitting Season. I can’t help but wonder what it’s like to have a brain big enough to design a pattern for this detailed an octopus. Wow!
Whether you’re doing it flat or in the round, Continental or American style, I wish you happy knitting. It’s fall, y’all!